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Callie Thorne and 5 more actresses who deserve a TV comeback

Earlier this month, we talked about actors who deserve to come back to TV. While this pilot season has been a little kinder to leading ladies (congrats to Carrie Preston, Freema Agyeman, Jennifer Beals, and Betsy Brandt), there are still a couple of actresses out there who deserve to make their returns too.

Here are six women who don’t currently have a regular or recurring role on TV, but definitely should.

1. Callie Thorne

Seeing her turn up in a small role on FX’s The Americans reminded us how much we enjoy watching Callie Thorne. Whether it’s been leading Necessary Roughness (as pictured above), being completely off-the-rails crazy on Rescue Me, or going back to her days as Laura Ballard on Homicide: Life on the Street, she always adds extra energy to a show. This past year, she was also fantastic in a film called Thinspiration, which you probably missed when it aired on Lifetime as Starving in Suburbia. This woman has played such a variety of characters and carried them all off. Her recent TNT pilot didn’t move forward, but we can’t imagine it’ll be long before she lands on a new series somewhere.

2. Michelle Lukes

You know that person at your office who’s always reliable and always getting other people out of trouble? That’s been Michelle Lukes on Strike Back for four seasons. Her character, Sgt. Julia Richmond, has kept Section 20 up and running in the face of a disturbingly high mortality rate. And aside from the dying part, that’s a fair description of Lukes as well; you know she’s always going to turn in a reliable performance, whether she’s in an episode for two scenes or for 12. She plays so well off of her fellow cast members, growing Richmond into a full-fledged heroine who makes other tech-support characters cry with how awesome she is. If Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton can get back on TV, there’s no reason why Lukes can’t too.

3. Andrea Osvart

We’ve already gone over how Transporter: The Series is one of the best shows you missed. One of the major reasons we said that was due to the presence of Andrea Osvart, who costarred in the first season as Frank Martin’s handler, the former intelligence agent Carla Valeri. Carla might have spent most of her time behind her computer in Nice, but that didn’t stop her from being a classy, charming woman who had a fantastic rapport with Frank (the equally undervalued Chris Vance). Transporter didn’t have to tell us that Carla and Frank had a long history; we could feel it in how well they interacted. Sadly, Osvart didn’t make it to season two, but we keep hoping that she’ll find her way back to U.S. television, because she’s definitely earned it.

4. Tricia Helfer

When Tricia Helfer turned up as Evan Smith in the last two episodes of Suits, we were thrilled to see her. It’s not that Helfer hasn’t been on TV recently, but she just hasn’t landed projects that stick (Killer Women, we hardly knew ye). Watching her on Suits, with that show’s level of writing and working opposite the wonderful Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, you could see what she’s capable of when somebody hands her the best material. If Suits doesn’t add Evan to its stable of recurring characters, someone should really take the time to snatch her up and develop a project for her. She’s got everything she needs to lead a show; that show just hasn’t found her yet.

5. Erica Tazel

We all know that if Joelle Carter doesn’t win some award for the final season of Justified, there is something wrong with the world. But can we also get a little love for Erica Tazel, who spent six seasons as the kick-butt Deputy U.S. Marshal Rachel Brooks, and did a great job of her own with a lot less screen time? We didn’t get to see nearly as much of Rachel as we would’ve liked, but when we did, Tazel was always on point. She held her own with anybody who was put in front of her, and made a wonderful double act with Jacob Pitts as fellow Marshal Tim Gutterson. So honestly, you really have two options: Get this talented lady another show, or convince Graham Yost to write a Justified spinoff. We will accept either.

6. Marin Ireland

Speaking of shows that got missed, WeTV missed a huge opportunity when they didn’t give us a second season of The Divide. That series was well-done all around, and we hope the casting directors got a fruit basket or something, because they nailed it when they found their main cast. Marin Ireland was great on Homeland and solid in the recent miniseries The Slap, but she did the best work of her career as law student Christina Rosa on The Divide. She was a thorny character who could be frustrating one moment and inspiring the next, and Ireland was able to play every facet of her. With her talent, she could easily be the next Julianna Margulies or Kerry Washington, leading her own show and racking up the nominations, too.

Who are the actresses you’d like to see back on television on at least a recurring basis? Are there any leading ladies with new recurring or regular roles that you’re excited to see again this upcoming TV season? Let us know your thoughts!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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